Philp will officially take on the role from 4 September, with Greg McNair, currently general manager of employee services for people and culture in Auckland, serving in the position in the interim.
An experienced human resources executive, Philp is currently chief people officer at Chorus NZ, a position he has held for more than five-and-a-half years.
Prior to this, Philp spent over 10 years with AMP, serving in a number of roles including general manager for human resources.
In addition, he spent almost two-and-a-half years as head of learning capability for Telecom New Zealand.
Philp’s appointment to his new role at SkyCity remains subject to regulatory approvals.
The announcement comes after SkyCity in January also set out plans to appoint David Attenborough, the former chief executive and managing director of Tabcorp, as a non-executive director.
SkyCity had hoped to complete the appointment by 1 March, with Attenborough having already agreed to take on the new role but is yet to make an announcement confirming this.
Last month, SkyCity also appointed Carolyn Kidd to the newly established role of chief risk officer.